Try putting on some soothing music or having a cup of decaffeinated tea. The more you are able to relax, the easier let-down will occur. If you are experiencing pain that is preventing you from relaxing during nursing, see the section below on pain management.
Many new-parent problems are the result of exhaustion. As you try hard to be a good parent, your own basic needs may get pushed to the side-lines.
You can wear out your mouse-pad surfing all the top ranked baby websites, fill your shopping cart to overflowing with the must-read baby magazines, manuals, and momoirs, but, in the end, it's your mom-friends who tell you what you really need to know.
A growing body of research reveals profound connections between a woman's birth experience and her ability to get breastfeeding off to a good start. But if you think of putting your baby to your breast as the fourth stage of labor it can help you visualize this connection.
Postpartum mood changes are common, affecting up to 50% of deliveries. Their spectrum of presentation is wide -- from the "baby blues" all the way to full blown psychosis (thankfully rare). True postpartum depression is less frequent occurring in 10% of mothers.
The experience of pregnancy and childbirth has long been described as miraculous. Constipation is commonly associated with pregnancy and the period directly after the birth. The problems, although part of the miracle of birth, can make you feel less than miraculous! Here are some very simple things that help alleviate constipation during pregnancy and in the post-partum period.
Postpartum depression afflicts about 10% of women who have just given birth. It is a little-discussed ailment with devastating effects. Read more from Becky Hart...
Exercise during the first couple of months after delivery will help you feel more emotionally stable and reduce hot flashes and night sweats that frequently occur until your ovarian function returns to normal.
Unfortunately, fatigue is part of the postnatal period. Although sleep deprivation is almost inevitable, utter exhaustion is avoidable. Here are a few tips and recommendations on how to manage your energy levels in the weeks and months after childbirth.
by C.C. Howell